It was the end of March 2020 when my active Life came to an abrupt halt. Corona Pandemic hit my country, and subsequently, the countrywide lockdown was imposed. Days started to roll with being locked up inside my place with a new sequence of daily schedule to be done(Read here on my thoughts during March 2020). As the initial panic and disbelief settled in, it became increasingly important that something had to be done to come out of this enforced isolation stronger and more accomplished. This post is on how I kept myself positive and focused by positive self-talk affirmations. Thus could keep myself engaged channelising my energies to being productive.
Positive Self Talk Affirmations
Our ability to maintain a positive outlook determines how emotional quotient flows in our lives. I realised that the words I used to describe how I was feeling and what was happening to me based on the external events had a direct correlation with my emotional state of mind. Hence I almost forced myself to begin positive self-talk affirmations to create an aura of healthy uplifting outlook. Read here an interesting article i happened to glance through.
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I did ponder on what is positive affirmation, and how does it relate to my current situation?
As I googled the phrase Positive self-talk affirmation, I came across a variety of quotes on the same. Browsing through them and eventually modifying to suit my requirement, I can merely state the following. Positive phrases or statements which used to act as a counter to negative and unhelpful thoughts and using this one on oneself is called positive self-talk affirmation.
My approach to using positive self-talk affirmation during the past 60 days
Initially, I found it a bit weird. I did not share about this thought process as I felt that this would be termed as being insensitive to the happenings all around us. There was misery and negativity wherever one looked.
However, as the weeks passed, I realised how much of a positive impact these had on my mindset. I was still affected a lot by the happenings and external factors which crowded on me, but I was able to deal with them fortified and better prepared.
Self-affirmation, for me is the concept of speaking to myself internally within my thoughts of the values and interests that form and affect my inner core. How I channelised them to envelope me and made them take care of my thoughts and emotional index. My thoughts are not spoken aloud, but then I guess thoughts are always aloud to the inner conscious.
How did the entire exercise of using self-talk affirmation pan out?
I used positive self-affirmation to keep the focus up and make use of the time to learn and do activities that would be a positive impact on myself. So what all could I accomplish int these 60 days of the pandemic. Read here what i happened to come across in Medium.
Learn Adobe CC 2020. This was something which I had meant to for some years now, yea for past two years. I am yet to become skilful in this, but I can say with satisfaction that I am quite conversant in it now and it is an excellent source of inspiration and pleasure for me.
Learn Lens ball techniques and creative photography. I undertook online courses for both of these and spent quite some time practising the same within the confines of my place till such time that both genres of photography are an additional skill set for me.
Put pen to paper and plan itineraries for trips which I would undertake someday. I have been to Ladakh thrice with two occasions being mammoth road trips. However, there are still places which I wish to see and expand on my aspiration of being more in sync with nature and experimenting with open road camping. So I opened large scale maps of Ladakh region to jot down new unexplored destinations, passes and lakes which I wish to frame with my lenses. Read Here few thoughts when i had met with a trek injury.
Work on physical fitness. This has been sketchy, but I have been trying. The objective was to develop strength in the stomach muscles and reduce the flab. So I have been continually pushing myself to increase the sets of situps and pushups (fundamental concepts) The help of the Garmin Connect App was a booster to keep at it and record the changes that happened.
Avoid Binge watching of Netflix and Amazon Prime. I was substantially successful in this, thanks to being positive and having a series of tasks to do. Having said this, I did watch a few regional language movies to gain a better sense of the multiple languages that India possesses.
Continuation of my activities..
Many of the above activities were tedious while they were in process. By not allowing my thoughts to wander and overthink on the events unfolding. Keeping the concept of self affirmation paramount i did manage to keep the focus ON and i think this helped me a lot .
Maintain my schedule to be simple and normal. I avoided changes in my sleep cycle and continued the practice of being an early riser. This helped me to witness gorgeous dawns and sunrises filling my heart with hope and joy at start of day.
Creativity and technical strengthening of my blog. I utilised time to read up on technical aspects which are essential to have a growth on my blog. This could not have been done had I been perturbed, restless and uneasy owing to happenings all around me.
Social media tool Pinterest. Pinterest has been another positive story for me. I started from scratch on this social media tool. Have been able to study and understand how this tool is used beneficially.
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Benefits of Self-talk Affirmations
As thoughts play a big part in the overall pattern of our outlook to Life. It is essential to find ways to improve our mindset. If we don’t, we find ourselves in negative thought patterns which make us angry, critical of everything around us, thereby holding us back.
I chose to use self-talk affirmation to motivate myself, encourage positive changes throughout the day. The social media broadcasted stories and inflammatory experiences of negativity and misery whenever I accessed them. This methodology helped me in countering the negative self-thoughts that would emerge within my subconscious pattern on account of these stories.
I would like to sum-up by stating that I have been able to keep the listlessness, negative energy at bay. This is by reminding myself of what I hold worthwhile to value. I end my post here, do share your comments and experiences in the comment section. Would love to connect up with each one of you.
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